menace definition

  • noun:
    • a potential danger; a threat: the menace of nuclear war.
    • The work of threatening.
    • A troublesome or annoying person: a toddler who had been a menace in a shop packed with crystal.
    • a perceived danger or risk
    • the act of threatening
    • an annoying and bothersome individual
    • The program of an intention to cause wicked; a threat or harmful; sign of a probable wicked or catastrophe to come.
    • A threat or threatening; the statement or indicator of a hostile objective, or of a probable evil in the future.
    • Synonyms start to see the verb.
    • a threat or even the act of threatening
    • a thing that is a source of danger
  • verb-transitive:
    • To utter threats against.
    • To constitute a threat to; endanger.
    • to state or show an intention to inflict, or even to hold on a prospect of inflicting, bad or damage upon; to jeopardize; -- frequently followed by with ahead of the damage threatened.
    • To jeopardize, as an evil become inflicted.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to produce threats.
    • To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.
  • verb:
    • in order to make threats (against someone); to intimidate
    • to endanger some body or something; to imperil or jeopardize
    • pose a threat to; present a danger to
    • act in a threatening fashion
    • present a threat either by an utterance or a gesture
  • others:
    • To jeopardize; hold out a threat against; show a hostile intention toward, or suggest danger to: accompanied by with before the threatened evil whenever expressed: as, the violent storm menaced the ship with destruction.
    • to put up aside threats of; suggest the risk or danger of.
    • Synonyms Menace, Threaten. Threaten is of extremely general application, both in great and little things: as, becoming threatened with a cold; a threatening cloud; to threaten an attack across the entire range. Threaten can be used with infinitives, particularly of action, but menace isn't: because, to jeopardize to come, to penalize. Menace belongs to dignified design and matters of minute.
    • become threatening; indicate danger or coming harm; threaten.

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